Tip Manchester United FC - Istanbul Basaksehir FK
Manchester United are improving well after their poor start to the season and will look to go a step further when they play host to Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir in Group H of the UEFA Champions League. Going to this game, United tops the group with six points from three matches and Istanbul Basaksehir have three points from as many games. The English side heads to this game from a labored 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League. They needed a Bruno Fernandes penalty to win the game, their second straight win after a 2-1 loss to Basaksehir in Turkey. That win also provided the first clean sheet in four matches for United and after their loss in the first meeting with the visitors they will be seeking to avenge. A win here will go a long way in assuring United a place in the next stage of the competition. In United’s last 12 matches, they have scored two or more goals in seven and have conceded two or more goals in four of their last 13. They have five clean sheets in their last 13 matches. United have not been very comfortable at home, winning two of their last six at Old Trafford, but after the weekend win over West Brom, they will be looking to start a better run. In the last six home matches they have three clean sheets and in the Champions League, they have two wins, four losses and three clean sheets in seven home matches. They have failed to score in four of their last seven Champions League matches at home but in their attacking form heading to this game, that is expected to change. Bruno Fernandes has particularly been a key force in the team’s resurgence and has had a hand in each of their last four matches. The Portuguese midfielder has scored three and assisted one in the four goals scored in the last two matches.
Istanbul Basaksehir have a tough task here, as they seek to advance to the second round in their first appearance at the group stages. They head to this game right from a 3-2 loss to Besiktas in the Turkish league. Basaksehir have four wins in their last six matches and after the 2-1 win over United in their first meeting, they will feel they can take something from this match. They have three losses in the last nine matches and just two clean sheets in the last 11 matches, with none of these having come in the last seven outings. However, Basaksehir have scored in each of their last six matches and in five of those they have scored twice. It is not so rosy away from home though, with the team currently on two wins in their last nine away matches and with just one clean sheet. They have conceded two or more goals in seven of their last nine away matches. While they have played just once away in the Champions League group stages, Basaksehir have no win in four straight away matches in the competition. They have drawn two and lost two; one of their losses being away to Leipzig in this group and they have conceded two or more goals in four straight away Champions League matches.
Key points Manchester United FC - Istanbul Basaksehir FK
Manchester United have five clean sheets in 13 matches this season.
Istanbul Basaksehir have conceded two or more in four away Champions League games.
Istanbul Basaksehir have scored in each of their last six matches.
Manchester United have five clean sheets in their last 13 matches.
Manchester United have scored two or more goals in seven of their last 12 matches.
Conclusion Manchester United FC - Istanbul Basaksehir FK
Manchester United have established a winning run in their two matches since losing in Istanbul and will be hoping to extend the same here. They are no doubt the favorites, but one concern they will have is in the few clean sheets they have kept this season. United have failed to score in one of the last five matches and will be looking to take advantage of the fact Basaksehir have no clean sheet in the last seven matches, and just two in the last 11. Meanwhile, United have scored two or more goals in seven of their last 12 matches, and Basaksehir, with a poor run in the Champions League, have conceded two or more in the last four away. With the visitors’ scoring run, we expect them to get a goal here but we feel United will outscore them, thus a bet of over 2.5 goals will do.
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Manchester United FC Istanbul Basaksehir FK Prediction published on November 22, 2020